If you’ve arrived on our blog because you’re looking for the answer to the question above, I have some bad news. Tooth enamel doesn’t really grow back. That’s why teeth tend to look thinner and smaller as your grow older. The enamel and organic tooth material are eaten away over time, due to all of the stuff you put in your mouth. So food, mostly, but little vices like coffee, soda, tobacco, alcohol and candy will help speed up the process.
- So How Can I Save My Tooth Enamel?
There’s no way to keep it intact, unless you’re going to stop eating and drinking, so your best bet is to reduce the amount of damage you do it. So avoiding the aforementioned damaging food is a good start. Tobacco is one of the worst culprits. If oral health is important to you, then you should halt any tobacco use immediately: smoking, vaping and chewing are all horrendous for your teeth. Not only will the tar and tobacco stain your teeth, they contribute to gum disease as well.
When it comes to sugary foods, you should also limit your intake. Sugar turns acidic when it meets with saliva in the mouth, which will eat away at the enamel. Carbohydrates will also become acidic, so consume those in moderation as well.
- And What About Coffee and Soda?
I can’t imagine Americans will ever give up coffee, but it’s definitely bad for your smile. Sip your coffee to limit exposure to the teeth, and don’t swirl it around in your mouth. Same with soda – if you must drink a Coke, then do it with a straw.
- Any Other Tips?
Saliva is your body’s natural tooth cleanser, so anything that can up your saliva production is good. For instance – chewing sugarfree gum will help your mouth make more saliva. Additionally, drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your mouth clear; especially after indulging in any of the harmful substances mentioned above.